The Need for Negativity: An Introduction

Senator Tom Daschle

in In Defense of Negativity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780226284989
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226285009 | DOI:
The Need for Negativity: An Introduction

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This chapter provides reasons why people need to rethink the opposition to negativity in campaigns. It includes some historical context that underscores the underappreciated role of attacks in American politics. Additionally, the chapter develops an argument about the importance of negativity in democratic politics. Worries about negativity lie at the very center of concerns about the health of the electoral system and whether that system promotes a process which can be thought of as democratic; serious concerns that warrant serious attention. The problem is that people are all too quick to criticize the system and wring hands over the ill-effects of negativity.

Keywords: negativity; propaganda; political debate; campaign

Chapter.  8644 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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